Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Have you always wanted to be a vet? As the only Veterinary Science course in WA, this highly-accredited course will give you the skills, experience and qualifications you need to solve the existing and emerging problems of our companion animals, livestock and wildlife. A science - based approach and hands-on experience will prepare you for the highest standard of work in the veterinary industry. Class sizes are kept small so that you can make the most of the knowledge and practical training provided by some of the best Veterinary teaching staff in Australia and beyond. You'll learn real-world skills in general practice and emergency areas in state-of-the-art facilities including veterinary teaching hospitals, clinics and working farm, all located at the Murdoch University South Street campus. As part of your degree, you could complete placements with the RSPCA, Perth Zoo and a wide range of farms and veterinary practices. When you graduate, you will be qualified to register immediately and practise as a vet in Australia and other countries including New Zealand, UK, Europe, Singapore, Malaysia and North America.
Students begin their studies by learning how the animal body functions in health and disease. Topics include anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology and pharmacology. In the last half of the degree, students move into the clinical years, learning to diagnose and treat a variety of animal species. Practical experience forms a significant part of the degree.
- Veterinary science
- Veterinary medicine and surgery
Standard entry requirements
- Year 12 or equivalent
- Selection via ATAR
- Or mature age entry via BSc(AnmlHlth), BSc(AnmlSc), BSc(BiolSc), BSc(BiomedSc) or BSc(Cons&WildBio) at Murdoch University
- Or previous tertiary study
This Veterinary Science major has been accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. This means that to be eligible to sit USA veterinary licensing examinations, you would be considered in the same category as North American graduates.
To become a qualified vet, you'll need to complete a three-year Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) which progresses into an integrated DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine). You could complete your full qualification over 12 semesters, or 5 calendar years.
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Students will be admitted into the 5-year veterinary course after completion of 1 year of tertiary study, which will include some prerequisite units. High ranking school-leavers selected for Veterinary Science will be guaranteed a place provided they pass the first year of tertiary study at Murdoch University. Veterinary Science is an animal-based course. Students are required to participate in practical work involving living and dead animals and/or tissue from animals throughout the course.